“Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.”
Lieutenant (JG) Choi Ji-hu is currently serving as an Engineering Officer and an R&D specialist aboard the USS Eagle.
|Birthplace||Asan Medical Center in Seoul, Korea, Earth|
LCARS Starfleet Personnel Profile
- Height: 5'9
- Weight: 145 lb
- Hair: black, shaggy
- Eyes: dark brown
- Build: scrawny, wiry and woefully out of shape, as he jokes a "typical nerd build"
- Face: wide, bright, curious eyes, a bit of a baby face, quick to smile
- Carriage: daydreaming, curious, a typical “head-in-the-clouds” type, nervous in groups
- Off-Duty Clothing: whatever is clean; he hasn’t updated his wardrobe since arriving at Starfleet aside from the occasional gift, and his body type hasn’t changed much, so he still wears clothes that he had as a teenager, and he didn’t know how to dress himself then, either, always wears his wrist mounted PADD console he developed at Starfleet, and a simple necklace with a pendant that is actually a 10 kilobyte encrypted flash storage device
- Voice: nervous and excitable, a nervous stutter when he’s talking with more than one person, as he has a crushing fear of public speaking
- Handedness: right-handed
- Personal Quarters: a small, L-shaped single room, a complete disaster zone, bed unmade, clothes and tech strewn about, replicated plates piled next to his computer console, which dominates the living area, a peace lily his mother gave him that is desperate for watering
- Personal Effects/Decorations:
- a holophoto of Ji-hu and Shar'Wyn Foster with the Starbase 118 Golden Gate Bridge in the background
- a set of Hinji monastic robes
- a strangely out of place, beautiful, sheer golden robe of Hinji cut
- a replicated model of the USS Constitution-B and the USS Eagle hanging from the ceiling over his computer console
LCARS Starfleet Personnel Biography
- Parents: Choi Seok (father) and Shin-hye (mother)
- Siblings: none
- Marital Status: single
- Children: none
Ji-hu was born at the Asan Medical Center in Seoul, Korea to Seok, a marketing executive, and Shin-hye, a systems analyst.
As a child, he took an interest in programming under the guidance of his mother. He began developing simple virtual intelligences at a young age, including bringing an imaginary friend to life in his room via holographic projector. One of his most advanced programs is a portable virtual intelligence and interface named Turing. As a teenager the VI kept his schedule of educational and social obligations, did the bulk of his homework and ran various recreational subroutines for Ji-hu and his friends.
In his late teens, on top of developing a talent for online hacking, Ji-hu and his friends got involved in a competitive, code-heavy civilian simulation game, STARSHIPS, where players take complex starship simulations and mod them with their own combat and security programs, then pit the ships against each other one-on-one or in group battles, in real-time. His signature in the STARSHIPS community became elegant cyberwarfare attacks that crippled defensive or life-sustaining systems of the simulation ships.
Ji-hu and his team ended up playing professionally, participating in an international competition in Beijing. One of the judges at “Beijing STARSHIPS International” was a retired Starfleet Tactical Officer, Lt. Commander Lu Ming Shu. After his team took silver in the competition, Lu sought out Ji-hu and encouraged him to use his simulation programs to apply to Starfleet Academy.
“I double majored in Engineering and Science with focuses on computational systems, advanced mathematics and pathology, and specializations in nanotechnology and artificial intelligence! I wanted to do a minor in Intelligence too, but my course advisor threatened to throw me out of her office if I didn’t factor sleeping into my course load…”
Ji-hu made a promise to himself when he arrived at Starfleet Academy, technologically binding as he programmed the promise into his virtual intelligence assistant. Turing would only help him with scheduling, research, relaxation and the occasional sarcastic encouragement, all the work Ji-hu did in the Academy would be his own.
He, of course, regretted the promise as soon as his courses got underway. During course selection Ji-hu commanded Turing to cross reference his psychological profile and aptitude to then compile an optimized course list to be filed with the Academy. A clerical error put Ji-hu down for a double major, which was a surprise to him when he met with his course advisor to go over his planned course load. She was hesitant to authorize the workload, but when he asked her if he could add a minor in Intelligence she signed off as is and sent him on his way.
He threw himself into his soul-crushing course load with fervour, except for the Core Tactical courses, which he despised—physical exertion being the bane of his sedentary existence. The upside was that, however challenging, he adored his courses, especially his studies in computational systems, nanotechnology, neuroscience, crypto-analysis and artificial intelligence. The downside was that he almost never left his room, made few friends among his fellow students and completely missed out on student life.
Notable Starfleet Academy Projects and Essays
- Holodeck Program: Reserva de Biosfera de la Mariposa Monarca Annual Migration
- “Mind Bridges”: Analysis of Contemporary Nanotechnological Treatment in Neurological Disorders
- Introducing Advanced Generative Cryptosystems In Starfleet Intelligence Gathering
- Reaching Quorum: Applications of Swarm Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Networks
Referral Question: Cadet Choi Ji-hu visited the examiner for the requisite Starfleet Academy psychological evaluation at the beginning of his fourth year of study, and consequent followups. The examiner has submitted her full evaluation, but includes her initial observations and recommendations below.
Observations: When Ji-hu first visited my office he struck me as a shy but bright young man. Over our first two sessions he appeared nervous and mostly answered in one or two word responses unless prompted. When he learned I enjoyed participating in holodeck mysteries in my spare time he opened up significantly, and he spoke at length about his interests and hobbies in computer sciences and programming. In fact, it became difficult to reign in his responses, often.
We spoke at length about his family life. Ji-hu’s parents seem loving and supportive but busy and unimposing on his interests. He has fond memories of working on programming projects with his mother, and travelling with his father. He described one particular memory of camping with his father north of a Mexican biosphere reserve to observe the annual migration of monarch butterflies. I took the opportunity, while he was describing the experience, to take a surface reading of his emotions, and I felt a wealth of passion, complex feeling and empathy beneath his generally nervous exterior.
We spoke about his experiences at Starfleet Academy, and they were overwhelmingly positive. He enjoys his courses and has nothing but good things to say about his instructors and fellow students. With his significant course load I wondered what kind of recreational activities or extracurriculars he participates in. When I asked him he gave me a blank stare. I asked him to list a few people he considers friends, and he did so. I asked him how often he sees those people in person, and he gave me another blank stare. Only one, he said, which was his virtual intelligence assistant. Although he is close with his parents he has never had any other significant, intimate in-person friendships or relationships—the few people he considers “good friends” he knows online. Through conversation I learned that he has an intense fear of public speaking, prefers spending time with people one-on-one, when at all, and avoids groups if at all possible. Paradoxically, he excels at group work and team exercises, although prefers subordinate roles where he can take a background position.
Recommendations: Ji-hu and I spoke at length about issues with his general and social anxiety, for which he has never been treated, but was receptive to discussing and managing. We practiced mindfulness and breathing exercises, which he promised to continue to work on. I explained the process of long term treatment with a counsellor/psychiatrist or medically with a doctor/medication, which he said he would consider.
We also spoke about his reluctance to socialize and, offering personal anecdotes, I explained that working aboard a starbase or starship often tests social bonds and requires great trust with colleagues. After speaking at length, he expressed a genuine desire to make friends wherever his post-Academy career takes him, and we discussed strategies to do so comfortably while also challenging his fears.
If he continues with Starfleet I have no doubt Ji-hu will make an excellent engineer or scientist with a significant amount to contribute to Federation operations. I’m including a note with his file recommending future medical officers and counsellors to actively observe his progress and check in with Ji-hu in regards to his anxiety, social experiences and emotional wellbeing.
Lt. Commander Reesona Ihaa, MD,
Counsellor, Starfleet Academy, San Francisco
|Cadet Fourth Class||239009.04||Starfleet Academy||Recruit|
|Cadet Third Class||239109.03||Starfleet Academy||Engineering/Science|
|Cadet Second Class||239209.08||Starfleet Academy||Engineering/Science|
|Cadet First Class||239309.07||Graduated Starfleet Academy||Engineering/Science|
|Ensign||239402.13 - 239404.30||USS Constitution-B||Engineering Officer|
|Lieutenant JG||239404.30 - 239409.09||USS Constitution-B||Engineering Officer|
|Lieutenant JG||239409.09 - 239511.05||USS Constitution-B||Engineering Officer/Starfleet R&D|
|Lieutenant JG||239511.05 - Present||USS Eagle||Engineering Officer/Starfleet R&D|
Starfleet Command Career Summary
Ensign Choi Ji-hu was assigned as an Engineering Officer aboard the USS Constitution-B following the completion of Starfleet Academy. The Constitution was in the beginning stages of a mission in the Marchlands, where they docked at Starbase 104 to negotiate settlement rights over a planet in the Leron system.
... Ensign Choi somehow ended up in the starbase big on his first day aboard the Constitution... yes, it says that right here in his file... although apparently the charges of theft and inciting disorderly conduct were unfounded. He aided the Engineering department in foiling a sabotage plot, distinguishing himself in a firefight. He was awarded the Legion of Merit alongside his fellow operations division officers, and received a Peacekeeping Service Ribbon, as well as a promotion to Lieutenant (JG).
With his new rank, he was instated as provisional head of the Engineering Systems Programming Office, a division of engineering that oversees computational systems aboard larger starships. Lieutenant Choi worked with his ESPO crew to enact strategic retrofitting on the Constitution's computational systems to reclass the Galaxy-class systems significantly.
During a routine surveying mission on Leron III, Choi and the away team under Lieutenant Solaris McLaren crash landed in a sensor blind spot in what the Hinji considered a sacred land called the Dawn Cradle. There, the team made contact with a Hinji monk who led them to a monastery. Choi reported that group of Hinji turned on the monastery and set fire to a building while looking to attack the Starfleet officers. McLaren's team took shelter in the monastery's sanctum, which led into what is now believed to be a scientific facility left over from the days of the Tkon Empire, guarded by Hinji warriors. The team managed to interface with the facility, deactivating the interference field, and escaped, meeting with a search and rescue team.
After this experience, Choi quickly proceeded to apply to set up a research and development field lab aboard the Constitution, located directly above the ESPO so he could continue his duties overseeing the crew stationed there.
Notable Starfleet Career Contributions
- THEORY: Raining quantum cats and dogs: quantum collapse and Hinji "shapeshifting". SJAS. 2394, Vol. 51(3).
- Operation Overclocking: Computational Retrofitting To Galaxy-Class Vessel. JSCE. 2394, Vol. 325(3).
- PRESENTATION: Symbiotic Frameworks for Starfleet's Holographic Beings, AI & Cybernetics Symposium '94, Starbase 118
Prologue: "Academy Days"
Cadet's log, as compiled by VI Turing, SD 239105.10. Ji-hu received a message today from a Cadet (Third Class) Colleen Bancroft, inviting him to take part in private unarmed combat training after hours with the goal of ameliorating his grade. Cadet Choi is currently failing TAC101 (Combat, Unarmed). (Administrator's note: I really hope my parents never read this...) Ji-hu met Cadet Bancroft at a Mike's Dojo, a business in San Francisco, and they began working on the basics of unarmed combat. Ji-hu is discouraged, and feels that this will not help him improve his standing. Part 1
Cadet's log, as compiled by VI Turing, SD 239105.17. Ji-hu has been training with Cadet Bancroft for a week and feels he has made a breakthrough in unarmed combat. (Administrator's note: Well... I'm not going to be an A-student, but I'm starting to think I'll actually pass.) Ji-hu notes that Cadet Bancroft is the first person he's spent significant social time with, even if its in an academic context. The two have shared details of each others' lives. Ji-hu is also starting to learn to "actually fall." Part 1
Personal log log, SD 239105.31. Turing, clear all logs for the past twelve hours. I spent the evening with Colleen and her girlfriend, Grace. We enjoyed a stroll around downtown San Francisco. It was a beautiful night for a completely innocent walk. Part 1
Cadet's log, SD 239401.02. I ran another simulation with Commander T’Mas today... I feel like I pulled one over on her. The exercise was to stop her ship from scanning and downloading sensitive information. I let her think she had gotten a chunk of it before inserting some malware into the data, which would have corrupted that and any network it got into... which would have been fun! She didn't think it was a very funny plot. I'm going to miss her when classes are done soon. The final exam is coming up really fast! Part 1
Mission I: "Peacemakers"
- Location: USS Constitution
- Stardates: 239402.28
- Commanding Officer: Captain Jalana Rajel, Commander Sarah Mason as Executive Officer
- Mission Summary:
Engineering Officer's log, as compiled by VI Turing, SD 239402.28. Freshly graduated Ensign Choi Ji-hu arrived aboard the USS Constitution-B, his first assignment as an engineering officer. Clarification: barely arrived, as the Constitution was already underway on their way to Starbase 104, where the crew will be participating in peace negotiations between two races. Ji-hu is graciously insistent that he will not be participating in the peace talks, as his arrival was eventful enough for him. After he and fellow graduate Ensign Jason Craig briefly introduced themselves to Captain Rajel and Commander Mason aboard the bridge, Ji-hu touched base with Chief of Intelligence Solaris McLaren before reporting to main engineering. A mistake, as on-duty Lieutenant Dag Sindri was insistent his crew receive the requisite medical examination before working. Clarification: very insistent. Ji-hu was pleased to be attended to by Chief Medical Officer Shar'Wyn Foster during his examination, and the two promised they would see each other again soon, although the ensign failed to report for his stress test. Ji-hu also speculated on a program that would allow him to avoid Lieutenant Sindri. (Administrator's Note: Uh, Turing, maybe leave those last two parts out.) Part 1
Engineering Officer's log, as compiled by VI Turing, supplemental. Ensign Choi submits his report of modifications to an officer's quarters and hoverchair following a maintenance request, for reviewal. While working on Systems Wide Diagnostics after returning to his duties in main engineering, Commander Akeelah D'Sena, an injured security officer, put in an insistent in-person request for hoverchair modifications to provide greater autonomy. Clarifications: very insistent, greater autonomy of bodily functions. Ji-hu enjoyed his first foray into the Constitution on duty, and equally enjoyed the work. He was also greatly interested in D'Sena's Rodulan artwork. (Administrator's Note: Turing, can you remind me what those Rodulan sculptures are called? I forgot already...) Part 1
Personal log, as compiled by VI Turing, SD 239402.28. (Compiler's Note: Ji-hu has asked me to keep this log concise.) A visit to Starbase 104 on shore leave proved disastrous. (Administrator's Note: Come on, Turing... maybe... difficult? At least mildly disastrous?) Clarification: mildly disastrous. After visiting the Hinji bazaar on Promenade-07, a chance encounter with a former Academy professor and Starbase 104's Chief Science Officer, Lieutenant Iel'ue, led to an evening of recreation with Commander Maxwell Traenor and Ensign Ahmose Hebeny that, through a series of events, landed the four officers in the starbase brig. Captain Rajel bailed them out, showing signs of stress, before she returned to the negotiations. (Administrator's Note: Or not, as it turned out.) Ji-hu experienced a panic attack on return to the Constitution and sought medical attention from Dr. Foster. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Engineering Officer's log, as compiled by VI Turing, supplemental. Ensign Choi was ordered by Lieutenant Dag Sindri, on assignment to Starbase 104, to report for duty following a light attack in the Starbase's Linaran Nightshade District. Assuming he was still confined to the Constitution, Ji-hu reported to the bridge to coordinate engineering efforts, where Lieutenant McLaren and Commander Traenor let him know the confinement had been lifted, given the circumstances. While coordinating efforts from the engineering console, Ji-hu worked with Lieutenant McLaren to probe into the distribution of ohan aboard the Starbase using blackNET. Lieutenant Damian Wynter, working with Sindri, contacted Ji-hu to analyze a small device found by a civilian in the maintenance tunnel, which turned out to be an EM pulse device rigged to explode when repairs were made to power consoles. Ji-hu transported to the maintenance tunnels, warning the officers where he met Ensign Tad Cooper, a security officer working alongside Wynter and Sindri. Cooper and Ji-hu attended to a panel that Sindri had repaired, preparing for a system bypass in order to avoid activating other sabotaged power arrays, but they discovered a group of Linaran opposition members who had organized the light attack to frame throw suspicion on the Hinji. The four officers worked together to defeat the bumbling rebels before completing the bypass. Lieutenant Wynter discovered the rebels had accidentally left the EM pulse devices unarmed, before Ji-hu delivered evidence of the rebels plot to the Starbase's chief of security. (Administrator's note: Holy crap, what a night...) Part 1
Shore Leave I
- Location: USS Constitution
- Stardates: 239402.29- 239406.10
- Commanding Officer: Captain Jalana Rajel, Lt. Commander Maxwell Traenor as Executive Officer
Personal log, SD 239402.29. After realizing that I needed to decommission the partitioned terminal I had assigned to observe the ohan trade aboard Starbase 104, I took my data and reports to Lieutenant McLaren. Our conversation was... uncomfortable... I'm not quite sure what to make of her, but then again, I guess she wouldn't be an intelligence officer if a computer programmer with the social skills of a Klingon shell squid could read her. She seemed concerned that I'd left Turing observing the partitioned console's activity, but after a brief conversation with my VI she was satisfied, and even seemed interested in a VI of her own. I've downloaded an administrative program and might work on a little something later. Part 1
Personal log, supplemental. Counsellor Taurek called me to his office without much warning... which was a bit terrifying. I haven't spoken with a Counsellor since Commander Ihaa at the Academy. It was pretty nerve wracking at first... but weirdly enough, talking to a Vulcan about my feelings was really helpful. Taurek encouraged me to try making a habit of practicing breathing exercises, and to... uh... Turing, can you read my notes back? (VI Assistant: Thoughts: Will cause inconvenience to others, Feelings: ANXIETY, Behaviour: social avoidance. MORE DATA.) Thanks Turing. I need to fill in that chart he showed me, find examples. I feel... good about going. I'm glad I did... Turing, can you interface with the Counselling Appointment request and-- Part 1
Personal log, supplemental. I decided to try to meditate like Commander Ihaa had taught me, on Counsellor Taurek's recommendation. Finishing up my studies at the Academy, I admittedly wasn't very good at keeping up with my mindfulness exercises like I'd promised I would. I found a weird little section of the Constitution's arboretum, a memorial to the destruction of Ohmallera on Betazed... I hadn't realized until that moment that the Constitution was the ship responsible for destroying an entire city... still, it was a beautiful, secluded section of the garden, perfect for relaxing. As I tried to meditate I fell asleep, and had a dream... can't remember what about, but when I woke up I was inspired. I have this idea for a scientific theory paper on the Hinji's "shapeshifting"... maybe I'll even submit it to the science journal! So much for meditating though. Part 1
Personal log, supplemental. I just got in from a party thrown on one of the Constitution's holodecks... holy crap! Not only did I receive two service ribbons for the mission aboard Starbase 104... but I got promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade! I couldn't believe it! Jeez, what else happened? My head's still spinning! I met Saveron, a new Vulcan officer, and Lieutenant McLaren got promoted too! She's a full Lieutenant now! Oh! And Commander Traenor got promoted to the Executive Officer! I got to speak with him afterwards, and I babbled on about my butterfly holodeck program, but he actually seemed really interested, and told me about the bar program he'd thrown the party in! We might do some holodeck work, which would be... really nice! Also, I hung out with Lieutenant... uh... Rue Blackwell, and Lieutenant Wynter, and Commander Foster, and we might be going out for dinner and a movie on the starbase tomorrow night. Hopefully it won't be as... eventful as my last trip to the starbase... Part 1
Personal log. SD 239402.31. Well, that was one of my strangest interactions aboard the Constitution so far, and that's saying something. I talked with Mom and Dad last night after the party, and Dad thought my hair was getting long, so I booked an appointment with a holographic hairstylist aboard the Constitution. I should have done a bit more research, because I ended up booking a tertiary holodeck with Georgio, an Emergency Holographic Hairstylist with a physical salon aboard the Constitution! He was... well... Georgio... but the haircut wasn't bad. I do find it strange that a sentient holographic being would constrict itself to cutting hair. Maybe that's Georgio's programmers fault? At some point I'm going to spend some time with Georgio and the ship's Emergency Medical Hologram, Mark Two. A scientific exercise. The haircut was... good, actually Part 1
Engineering Officer's log. SD 239402.31. Lieutenant Sindri got in touch with me this morning... uh, afternoon and called me to present myself to Main Engineering. When I got there, he explained that he had a... "new assignment" for me as one of my first duty's as a Lieutenant. I'm provisionally being assigned as the Engineering Systems Programming Office head! Me! Why?! He took me down to the ESPO where I met Ensigns Tor, Frag, Creet Berenez and Crewmen Ix & Te... I stayed and chatted with them for a few minutes afterwards. I think Ensign Tor hated me from the moment I walked in... apparently they were acting office head after Lieutenant Sarolk retired a few months ago. Tor acted like everything was just fine, but I reviewed the maintenance requests and routine reviews that have been piling up, and there's a lot of them! What am I going to do?! I can't run an office, even one as piddly as ESPO! Part 1
Personal log, supplemental. I'm really nervous! I'm getting ready to go out with Commander Foster, Lieutenant Wynter and Lieu--I mean... Rue. We're planning to meet at a Korean fast food place on the starbase before catching Gunslingers of New Earth... I haven't been to a movie in so long! And Commander Foster says we're going to go out for drinks after that. I was thinking I might go to the restaurant early to... test the kimchi fries. Yeah, I think I'm going to do that. Part 1
Personal log. SD 239403.13. I ran into Commander Foster's roommate, Oz today in the arboretum... or, I guess he ran into me. I was meditating when he dropped in on the section I like, in front of the Ohmallera memorial. We talked for a bit about the attack on Betazed, and even though I made an idiot of myself, he's a really nice guy. We ended up grabbing some food together and I talked him through the gravitational physics portion of the Starfleet entrance exam! Part 1
Engineering Officer's log. SD 239403.16. I've spent some time in the ESPO and have been observing the crew... and I've learned a lot about them just by listening to the way they bicker. There are some major problems with the way the office has been functioning, and other departments have been having to pick up the slack, so as provisional office heard I finally rolled out my action plan today... the first step is getting the backlog of higher priority service requests and diagnostic reviews out of the way before shore leave is over. I grouped Ensign Tor with Crewmen Ix and Te, and then Ensign Frag with Ensign Berenez to try and... broaden their skillsets by working with one another? They actually took the orders a lot easier than I thought they would, but the big shocker came when I told them my big project. I'm committing the office to some strategic retrofitting and systems upgrades to bring the ship's computer system up to a Class XXI and improve the computer system by .015%... it sounds crazy just saying it out loud, I don't know what's come over me! Part 1
Personal log. SD 239403.20. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... I have a date with Commander Foster tomorrow?! Part 1
Personal log, supplemental. Turing, this may be my last will and testament. I lost a bet with Ensign Frag and I'm going to be a substitute for her rec Parrises Squares team. And she's making me go through with it. I have a feeling even stepping on the court will kill me, it's that kind of game. If I die, initiate subroutines to have my files sanitized in the event my parents receive them as part of my personal effects; delete my browser history. Part 1
Personal log. SD 239403.21. I just... got in from my date with Commander... with Wyn. He picked me up, and instantly took care of my black eye... which was really nice of him. Then we went to the Sunset Lagoon on Starbase 104 and it was... well, the whole evening was really something else. I feel like I learned so much about Wyn! It was amazing just talking with him, enjoying some burgers and drinks! And he hugged me at the end. I can't believe it, my first date... and it wasn't a complete disaster! And we're going to do something else later! Part 1
Personal log. SD 239403.30. I had a strange visit from Ensign T'Reshik, a Vulcan science officer aboard the Constitution. She was hoping I could trace the origin of a message sent from a Vulcan civilian account, since the person who sent it claimed to be one of her biological parents, who put her up for adoption. I... well... it's complicated. I sent her away and she didn't seem too suspicious... ugh, what a mess to find myself in on a day off. Part 1
Engineering Officer's log. SD 239405.26. The ESPO crew and I met with Constitution Command today... holy crap, I was so nervous I almost threw up over the observation room conference table. The meeting went well enough, though. Tor and Crete really did a fantastic job heading up the meeting, and Frag even kept her Tellarite-ness to a minimum. We got the go-ahead from Captain Rajel and Commander Traenor, on the condition that we isolate Georgio and Mark Two in a standalone processor during the transition. That would've really put us back, since it's not easy simply building or replicating the kind of large-scale processor that they'd need, but our Bynar crewmen were already working on repairing an old isolinear model that will work just fine. Now I just need to meet with Georgio and Mark... Part 1
Personal log. SD 239406.7. I just got in from picking up the AC-20 Micro-Series Krayne Systems bio-neural processor we requisitioned through Starbase 104. Beautiful piece of tech, Tor, Ix, Te and I were practically drooling. Just as we were finish up I got a call from Wyn, and he convinced me to come and have a late night dinner with him, which was great because I was starving... and I got to hang out with him. He's just the best, I have such a good time with him. He'd just finished a double-shift surgery, which is like... holy crap. We teased each other a bunch and we talked about doing... dinner together at his place... which would be great. Maybe after the next mission starts, since I'll be pretty busy finishing up Operation Overclocking, but... I mean, a big work project and a date! I'm... not doing too bad? Part 1
Personal log. SD 239406.8. T'Reshik showed up in the ESPO, I thought she was going to kill me over what happened the other day... but it turns out she wanted to be my friend? So we ended up getting dinner together, and I got to go into full Vulcan mode, which is always fun. Too bad I couldn't be as good at suppressing my emotions all the time! She's... intense... and was in a... correctional facility? But I actually really enjoyed our conversation... it went to some... interesting places... Part 1
Engineering Officer's log. SD 239406.10. We did it! I just got in from transferring Mark and Georgio into the new dedicated bio-neural processor, and they seemed totally fine! I've never been so nervous, and it was the first time I really felt like there were lives in my hands... Holy crap, I don't even know what I'm saying. It's after midnight and the new mission starts tomorrow... today... Turing, compile all my notes I've made into full specifications so I can pass my report along to Main Engineering... and maybe I'll even submit it to the Engineering Corps Journal! Part 1
Mission II: "Blind Spot"
- Location: USS Constitution
- Stardates: 239406.10-239406.12
- Commanding Officer: Captain Jalana Rajel, Lt. Commander Maxwell Traenor as Executive Officer
- Mission Summary:
Engineering Officer's log. SD 239406.10. I just got in from a meeting in the conference room. We're preparing for a survey of a strange sensor blind spot on Leron III, led by Lieutenant McLaren. T'Reshik's on the team too, which is exciting since I'll get to work with her, and she just got promoted to LTJG! In discussing preparation for the mission Lieutenant McLaren "tabled" my VI core, the semi-sentient bio-neural sensor node Main Engineering commissioned. I was really hoping to put it through its paces, but hopefully the science team will be able to put it to use. Anyways, should be a short flight and we'll be back on the Constitution for dinner. Looking forward to my first real away team mission! Part 1
Engineering Officer's log, supplemental. —crzzzzzk—even working? I can't tell if this is—crzzzzzk—last will and testament of Choi Ji-hu, Constitution Engineering officer. The survey away team crash landed on Lero—crzzzzzk—concussion, and then we followed a large cat through the woods, up the side of a mountain to a Hinji monastery. A Hinji monk believes Lieutenant McLaren is a reincarnation of their—crzzzzzk—sun worshippers, and their god the Sunmother. I transmitted a distress call, but I'm not sure it could get through the interference. The Hinji seem friendly enough. They threw McLaren a fea—crzzzzzk—not hopeful that we can make it back to Hinji civilization with T'Reshik, but we can't leave her behind. I wonder if I'll be spending th—crzzzzzk—I'm doing okay, even though my heaad still really hurts. If we don't make it back and, somehow anyone ever hears this—crzzzzzk—I love them, and tell Wyn I wish we could have got to know each other better, and maybe message Colleen too, and my STARSHI—crzzzzzk— Part 1 Part 2
Engineering Officer's log. SD 239406.11. I'm back on the Constitution after a very long twenty-four hours or so. I don't even know where to begin. This morning we were brought by a young Hinji acolyte to the monastery's sanctum, where a big statue that looked a bit like Lieutenant McLaren... made of a strange crystal... was located. McLaren and T'Reshik had the idea that it might give some answers to some artifacts left behind by the first Sunmother... and jeez, were they right... We ended up accessing a log of the Sunmother, an ancient alien scientist or something, named "Portal 88." She had been left behind to look after the facility, but then left to go back to her homeworld, but she'd encoded some Hinji with the ability to guard the facility... like the ombro, who it turned out was actually a Hinji after Dr. Milsap managed to help him. Also... I don't know how, but McLaren actually has some genetic connection to the Sunmother, and she was able to deactivate the interference that was keeping us there. The ombro helped us get out of the facility through a tunnel, and we ran into another Hinji, but then found an away team that was looking for us... and Wyn was with them! We just arrived back on the Constitution, and I'm in the ESPO waiting for an Ensign Jacob Horne to come help fix Georgio, who had some sort of mobile emitter failure in the Sanctum. I'm tired, but I have to make sure Georgio's okay before I can get any sleep. Part 1 Part 2
Engineering Officer's log, supplemental. I just got in from the ESPO and finally changed out of the Hinji robes. Ensign Horne... helped us put Georgio back in order... just checked... operational report from... his final... diagnostics... Zzzzzzzzzzz... Part 1
Shore Leave II
- Location: USS Constitution
- Stardates: 239406.12-239410.18
- Commanding Officer: Captain Jalana Rajel, Commander Saveron as Executive Officer
Engineering Officer's log. SD 239406.12. Lieutenant T'Reshik called me... very early this morning, so we met in one of the crew lounges on deck 09. She'd had a strange dream about Taurek and... satellites? She seemed convinced that something of her connection with the alien facility on Leron III had been physiologically imprinted on her, and she brought a drawing she'd done of the images in her that resembled cell glia. If the facility connected to her nervous system through a channel formed by satellite glia, it very well could have left imprints on her cells, so that gave me the idea to attempt a glia transfer into a modified bioneural processor built to accommodate Vulcan cells. If it worked, we might be able to translate some of what T'Reshik "saw" within the system! I sent a message to Wyn asking if he'll help, because neurology is his thing, and it'd be cool to work with him! And then I got to thinking, I'm going to need an actual lab to create this bioneural processor... and I've got so many other ideas after Operation Overclocking, and seeing the alien facility... so I've been working on... some plans. Part 1
Personal log. SD 239406.12. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Holy crap I need to get ready for a family dinner with Wyn! Part 1 Part 2
Constitution R&D log. SD 239409.09. Well, we're in business! The ESPO crew helped me set up my lab today, and I'm officially the Constitution's research and development officer! Main Engineering and Command approved my plan to re-designate a storage space directly above the ESPO... so the crew can still bother me if they feel like climbing up a Jefferies tube. And the space is beautiful, with a gorgeous view of the warp nacelles. Frag's already calling it my "evil laboratory," especially since the first two projects I'm going to be working on are the Vulcan-compatible bioneural processor and the Turing Core. Part 1
Personal log. SD 239409.11. Taurek came and visited me in the new R&D lab! My first visitor... other than the ESPO crew, who don't really count. I did some hasty furnishing, and made some tea, and then accidentally spilled it... and my guts... emotionally, I mean. I ended up telling Taurek about everything, how I know he's [redacted]'s father, how [section redacted], and how I'm developing the bioneural processor... must have been a weird conversation. Also got to tell him a bit about dating Wyn, and we chatted a bit like friends instead of a counsellor and his patient. Part 1
Constitution R&D log. SD 239409.11. I had my second visitor, and my second Vulcan of the day. Commander Saveron, who's now Acting First Officer, came up through the ESPO through the Jefferies tube. I blabbed on about how the bioneural processor and glial cell transfer aren't a big deal, without realizing he has a medical background, and so now it's like I was lying to the new FO... great job, Ji-hu... still, he's letting me go ahead with the glial cell transfer, and he asked me to take on a project for our upcoming promotion ceremony. He wants to have a holodeck party like Commander Traenor's and since I have a background in holodeck programming... only I'm going to make something so much more epic than Commander Traenor's party. I'm going to install a new holodeck processor and take the senior staff to a whole new world of adventure, romance and epicness! Part 1
Constitution R&D log. SD 239409.12. I just got in from my meeting with Captain Rajel and... well, it could have gone worse? She signed off on the glial transfer procedure, and seemed confident that T'Reshik, Wyn and I would be able to get through it without hurting the subject... T'Reshik. The more people I talk to, the more worried I'm getting about it. What if I hurt T'Reshik, whose one of the closest friends I've had since Colleen... other than Wyn, of course. No, I can't think like that. I've put in more research on this one procedure than anything since Operation Overclocking. It will work, I'm sure of it. And no one's going to get hurt. Part 1
Personal log. SD 239409.14. Wyn and I... uh... well. We arrived on Starbase 118 safely and we... went to the Sutro Baths, a recreation of a 20th century recreation complex. We swam, I got to see Wyn in a bathing suit... and then I got to see Wyn in less than a bathing suit... I'm actually making this log from a boat floating in the middle of "the lake," the body of water at the centre of the commercial district, we're spending the night on a little houseboat and... well... it's been a pretty big day for me, in a good way! A really, really, REALLY good way. Part 1
Constitution R&D log. SD 239409.15. Well, I presented “Symbiotic Frameworks for Starfleet's Holographic Beings” at the AI & Cybernetics Symposium on Starbase 118 and... it didn't go as terribly as I thought. Wyn gave me a nice little anti-anxiety cocktail, which got me through the hour. And then... the weirdest thing happened. Starbase 118's CSO, Commander Taelon, tracked me down and... well, basically threw my concept for the Turing Core into the fire, doused it in ignition fuel and lit it, rocketing it into the sun. Turns out... he's El-Aurian, so I guess the idea of a sentient spaceship would make him a bit uncomfortable. We talked it out and then he... of all things, agreed to sign onto the project in an advisory capacity, which is incredible. I guess now I just have to move out of the concept phase and start the thing. Part 1
Engineering Officer's log. SD 239409.26. You don't often seen Kelpien in Starfleet, but we have one on the Constitution now, in fact, he's part of the ESPO... Lieutenant Berenez received a promotion and, with that, a transfer to a data crunching project on Starbase 104. The transfer of Ensign Paku came through... almost immediately and he's... very passionate about what he does. He's already submitted seventeen risk analyses on the Constitution's computational systems and general structural integrity since this morning. I really hope that's just his backlog, and that he doesn't type that fast... Anyways, we've got the Faust Control Unit installed and ready for Commander Saveron's party. I'm so excited to get Wyn into Dungeons & Dragons! Part 1
Personal log. SD 239410.18. Well... it's been a tough week or so, but I'm starting to feel like my old self... mostly... I don't even know where to begin... I guess it started when T'Reshik and I were preparing for the glial cell transfer. I was worried about... the very real possibility of her dying, and she suggested an ancient, little known Vulcan technique, the mind meld. If she died, I could pass on a living part of her, her katra, to another Vulcan. I let her, and it was... amazing and terrifying. I was different, I guess I still am different. Then we went into the surgery and it was like I was only half there, or two halves of me were there, in myself and T'Reshik. Everything was going fine, but then Wyn wanted to stop the procedure and a part of me... pushed on, and it hurt T'Reshik. That was the last I remembered for... a long time. Next thing I know I'm laying on a sick bed, like I'm coming out of some deep, dark dream. Wyn was there, and it was bad, but not as bad as it could have been. We're still together. And T'Reshik was okay. And then came the conversation with Commander Saveron and Captain Rajel, and T'Reshik got it a lot worse than me. I've been removed from my duites as office head and R&D specialist aboard the Constitution. I should have got demoted, I should have gotten a court martial for what I did to Wyn and T'Reshik. After a lot of meditation I'm able to remember practically everything... I guess nothing to do now but try to pick up the pieces. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5
Engineering Officer's log. SD 239410.17. ESPO's got the Faust Control Unit installed and ready for Commander Saveron's party. I'm so excited to get Wyn into Dungeons & Dragons! Ensign Paku is predicting doom and gloom, but I'm starting to feel similar to Frag on the matter... guess there's a first for everything. Ensign Paku wakes up in the morning and eats doom and gloom for breakfast. I guess I have to give up my "most anxious officer aboard the Constitution" title to Paku. Part 1
Mission III: "Dungeons & Denobulans"
- Location: USS Constitution
- Stardates: 239410.18-239501.09
- Commanding Officer: Captain Jalana Rajel, Commander Saveron as Executive Officer
- Mission Summary:
Quest Chronicle: The Red Dragon's Hoard. Date: 239410.18. ERROR IN ACCESSING PLAYER DATA. RANDOMLY GENERATING NEW CHARACTER. INITIATING PROGRAM DOCUMENTAITON. Gather 'round and hear the tale of brave Paladin Choi Ji-hu and the heroes of Port-of-Utopia, whose adventure began at the Summersend Festival! Beautiful Queen Avariel and Paladin Choi were the first to meet at the fairgrounds, but they were soon joined by King Yril’Lysiir and the rest of the royal party, although their festivities were to be short lived. After a presentation of royal honours and knighthoods to a number of those present, the fairgrounds were attacked by [DATAFRAG] the Dread, the ancient, gargantuan red dragon of legend. [DATAFRAG] revealed that she had come for the Tiara of Wisdom, stolen from her lair for the queen. The red dragon absconded with beautiful Queen Avariel, and the adventurers knew they would travel hence from Port-of-Utopia to save their fair and just queen.
Leave of Absence
- Location: Starbase 104 R&D
- Stardates: 239501.09-239511.05
Crewmates & Relationships
VI Assistant Turing Initiating Interpersonal Relationship Subroutines. Please see the report prepared:
Although he didn't realize it at the time, Ji-hu and Colleen developed a friendship during their Academy days when the older student was asked to tutor him in remedial unarmed combat. Colleen was a patient if tough teacher, but they developed a bond after an incident found the security officer-in-training needing to retrieve a PADD from the manor of a cadet's San Francisco family manor. Ji-hu, feeling a sense of injustice, put his hacking experience to the test working with Colleen and her girlfriend, fellow Starfleet cadet Grace Freeman, on a successful operation, and spent some subsequent time with the couple. Although Colleen and Ji-hu fell out of touch as Colleen graduated on to advanced training and her eventual posting to the USS Gorkon, Ji-hu remembers their time together fondly, and finds himself missing her friendship.
Starfleet Academy/USS Constitution
Ji-hu met the snarky but caring Andorian medical officer during his final test at Starfleet Academy, where Shar'Wyn was acting as XO in a holodeck rescue mission. Ji-hu joined an away team with Shar'Wyn in the lead, and the nervous cadet felt uncharacteristically at ease working with him. Ji-hu was pleasantly surprised to find on his first assignment aboard the USS Constitution that Shar'Wyn was serving as the CMO, who saw to his medical examination.
The young ensign later sought out the medical officer in his quarters after an incident on Starbase 104 induced Ji-hu's first panic attack. Typically slow to feel at ease around people, there's something in the Andorian's personality that made an instant impression on Ji-hu, who thinks fondly on Shar'Wyn. To Ji-hu's surprise, the two began to date casually during shore leave after his first mission aboard the Constitution.
Ji-hu isn't quite sure how to feel about Lieutenant Dag Sindri. Initial feelings were largely intimidation, terror, dread. Ji-hu decided soon after his assignment to the Constitution's Main Engineering that he would avoid Dag at all costs.
This proved impossible when he found himself on mission to Starbase 104, where he worked with Dag, Lieutenant Damian Wynter and Ensign Tad Cooper to foil a plot that would have thrown suspicion on an entire race involved in delicate negotiations through sabotage of critical infrastructure. Ji-hu found this Lieutenant gruff, funny and pleasant to work with. Time will tell how their professional friendship/enmity develops further.
Ji-hu feels that he and Maxwell Traenor, despite their brief acquaintance, have been through things. They met when an Academy instructor of Ji-hu's introduced them aboard Starbase 104. Maxwell made Ji-hu feel incredibly welcome as a peer and shared Ji-hu's first taste of what would turn into excessive amounts of recreational alcohol. Streets were stumbled through, clothing was lost, a mob was angered, several arrests were made, and Ji-hu found himself along with Maxwell and two fellow officers in the Starbase brig. Throughout it all, Ji-hu enjoyed Maxwell's down-to-earth personality and the older man's quiet strength and leadership. Ji-hu's secret hope is to work with Maxwell more closely during his time aboard the Constitution.
T'Reshik approached Ji-hu with a personal favour during shore leave after his first mission, and then sought him out again to initiate a friendship with him in true Vulcan fashion. Despite a difference in backgrounds--T'Reshik being a former medical practitioner and researcher with criminal charges--the two found significant common ground on their philosophies towards science, research and technological progress. T'Reshik and Ji-hu ended up assigned to the same away team during a routine survey mission that found them stranded on an alien planet, and Ji-hu found himself feeling protective of T'Reshik and her physical limitations, while enjoying exploring a strange new world with her.
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